John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about 25 miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than 30 years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.
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Author: John Steinbeck and James H. Meredith | Narrator: Scott Aiello
Release Date: April 05, 2016
A magnificent volume of short novels and an essential World War II report from one of America's great twentieth-century writersA Penguin ClassicOn the heels of the enormous success of his masterwork The Grapes of Wrath and at the height of the A...
Author: John Steinbeck, Robert E. Morsberger and Katherine Morsberger | Narrator: Jefferson Mays
Release Date: January 19, 2016
In his only work of political satire, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin Héristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin t...
Author: John Steinbeck | Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Release Date: December 22, 2015
The novelist who wrote THE GRAPES OF WRATH and the director who produced CRISIS AND LIGHTS OUT in Europe combined their superb talents to tell the story of the coming of modern medicine to the natives of Mexico. There have been several notable exampl...
Author: John Steinbeck and John Ditsky | Narrator: Richard Poe
Release Date: September 08, 2015
The last of John Steinbeck’s play-novelettes, Burning Bright was the author’s final attempt after 1937’s Of Mice and Men and 1942’s The Moon is Down to create what he saw as a new, experimental literary form.  Four scenes...
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Author: John Steinbeck and Gary Scharnhorst | Narrator: Richard Poe
Release Date: July 14, 2015
In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success, The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck’s vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California’s back roads, transporti...
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Author: John Steinbeck and Susan F. Beegel | Narrator: Ronan Vibert
Release Date: May 12, 2015
From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went. Morgan was obsessive. He had two driving ambitions:...
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Author: John Steinbeck | Narrator: Richard Poe
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Steinbeck and Capa’s account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing.Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photogra...
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Author: Mark Bowden and John Steinbeck | Narrator: Lloyd James
Release Date: August 28, 2014
Nobel laureate John Steinbeck's bracing from-the-frontlines account of World War II-now with a new cover and introduction In 1943 John Steinbeck was on assignment for The New York Herald Tribune, writing from Italy and North Africa, and from England...
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Author: John Steinbeck | Narrator: Henry Strozier
Release Date: August 01, 2013
More than three decades after his death, John Steinbeck remains one of the nation's most beloved authors. Yet few know of his career as a journalist who covered world events from the Great Depression to Vietnam. Now, this original collection offers a...
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Author: John Steinbeck | Narrator: Sean Runnette
Release Date: April 01, 2013
In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most imp...
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Author: John Steinbeck and Robert DeMott | Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Release Date: November 29, 2012
Set in familiar Steinbeck territory, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God.
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Author: John Steinbeck and John H. Timmerman | Narrator: Holter Graham
Release Date: August 01, 2012
A Penguin ClassicFirst published in 1938, this volume of stories collected with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a wonderful introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. Set in the beautiful Salinas V...
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